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  1. Thanks for the clarification. Sorry to be nit-picky, but I'm pretty green on both live sound and keyboard/synths vs acoustic piano. What this makes me think is that I should try and dial my amp into a space where it doesn't fight the guitar or bass, but that I should also try and shape my individual patches to their respective tones? ecordings are what really show me part of the problem-- I'm pretty much inaudible in most of our recordings. Even tapes we've got where we play with high level sound crews, it's hard to pick myself out. Here's a recording of Superstition where you can at least hear the keyboards (although, ironically, not see them!).
  2. Thanks-- so by "at the source," you mean on the keyboards? I don't think the boards have any onboard EQ. But you do think all the sounds should be EQ'd separately?
  3. Hi all-- I'm trying to improve my live sound rig for a 4-piece blues/rock cover band. Between two keyboards, I probably use 7 different patches on a regular basis, and a couple more sprinkled throughout a night. I run this all through a Roland keyboard amp, and in most cases I don't go through the mains. Most of the places we play are small enough that the amp sounds better than the main speakers (or we have no monitors). I've been really trying to dial in my EQ so that I can occupy a different space than the guitar player. At the same time, there's a big difference in the profile of a piano patch vs an organ patch, for example. I'm wondering if it's better to set one EQ for everything, based on balancing out the guitar, or to use something like a MIDI-controlled EQ where I would change the EQ profile based on the patch. I appreciate your input!
  4. Hi all-- I just got an expression pedal, and I'm wondering if I'm using it right. I hooked it up to my PC-88, which has control #1 routed to the expression channel. It controls the volume from all the way off to full volume. I got the impression that the expression pedal would be for small adjustments, but not a total sound off/sound on option. Should it be a full-range volume control, or do I have something goofed? Also, I had hoped to be able to have it control the mod as well, so that I could use it on my organ sounds to increase the rotary sound along with the volume. Can I do this? Would you even want to do this? Thanks!
  5. Thanks, guys-- I'm going to try the L/R split and see what happens. Now that I have a better sense of what I'm looking for, I may try and flip the Mix5 for something with a monitor send. I could use the mixer on the amp, but again I'm trying to avoid bringing an amp at all to cut down on the stage footprint. I appreciate the help!
  6. So looking at my sub-mix board, I only have main outs L/R and headphones. I usually just run L/Mono from each board and then L Main out of the sub-board to FOH. That's doesn't leave me any channel for a monitor, does it? (Assuming that I can't use the Phones jack for a monitor?) I could run stereo and then run L to FOH and R to a monitor, but that seems like it would cause issues with any patches that use stereo (and there are a few). This means I'm stuck relying on stage monitors unless I expand the sub-mix board? Amp is a Roland KC-- forget which model number off-hand. Big enough that I don't want to haul it if it can be avoided, and it makes staging nightmares in some of our smaller venues. Thanks for all your help-- Jeff
  7. Do you have other instruments in your shared vocal monitor? Separate question -- I have a small amp right now that I can use as a monitor. Probably not as preferable since it isn't as "clean" or neutral, right?
  8. Thanks, Wes. I should have been more clear on the routing. I'm running out of L/Mono from out of both boards and then out of the submixer to FOH. The board does have 1/4", but the sound out of the PC88 was very low-level until I put the DI in line. It's a cheap crappy submix board (Behringer), so I might need to go back and retest it without the DI? The "choosing patches that sound like a piano" rings true-- I've avoided using the "Stage Piano" sound on the 88 since it sounds really bright and edgy to my ears, but I may need to try it out in the mix and get away from the default piano sound. For the EQ, are you talking about at the submix board, or at the keyboards themselves? Guess I'm not sure what you mean by "per voice." Thanks again!
  9. Thanks, Wes! For monitors, the guitarist and I usually share a monitor from the board since we're pretty close together and do a ton of vocal harmony. Do you mean a dedicated monitor for keys before it sends to the board? Organ technique is a whole nother beast that I need to wrap my brain around. Much appreciated.
  10. Hi all-- I'm wondering what are some basic (i.e., not replacing keyboards yet) improvements I can make to my live rig. I play in a rock/blues cover band. Most common sounds are piano, B3, Rhodes and Clavinet. I'm currently running a Kurz PC88 and an Alesis 6.1. I DI (passive) the PC 88 since it's unbalanced audio out. I run them both into a passive 4-channel mixer and then go mono out to house PA (most of the time). I have not tweaked with any of the stock patches on either (except for the usual sliders, wheels, etc.). I've found decent patches that I like, but I just don't love the overall sound at the gigs. Sounds a little flat and muddy. I like the action on the PC88, and that's 80% of the playing, but the piano sound has a hard time cutting through the band. I'm wondering if I should add in some color through an EQ, or perhaps an effects processor (reverb? a multi-processor?). Alternatively, is it investing the time to tweak the individual patches to add in some color? Thanks!
  11. Hi all-- brand new to the forum. I'm a bit lost on monitoring and adjusting volume during gigs. I'm a piano player adjusting to playing keys in a 4-piece rock cover group. I have two keyboards that I mix down into a 4-channel mixer, and I usually run through the house PA. I have a Roland amp, but I try and go through the house PA both to save the footprint on stage in small venues and for simplicity. Guitar and bass usually don't do much out front through the house. We sometimes have a sound person during the show, sometimes have one just for setup, and sometimes get shown where the board is and told not to @$&( anything up. I feel like I have no clue how much to vary my volume during the gig-- jumping between patches and different arrangements (or solo vs. rhythm), I feel like I'm constantly adjusting the volume on both boards, but I don't have a sense of overall mix since I'm the only one through the house. Is that common? Should I go to an external amp (although wouldn't that make it even harder to balance)? Any advice? Also, I don't use any volume pedals right now-- are those really important for these constant adjustments? Thanks!
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